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Dec 30, 2022
Hershey's (HSY, $233.41) sued over potentially harmful levels of metals in dark chocolates

Hershey's (HSY, $233.41) sued over potentially harmful levels of metals in dark chocolates

The Hershey Company has been sued by a consumer in the U.S. for allegedly selling dark chocolates containing harmful levels of lead and cadmium.

Christopher Lazazzaro, who has filed a class action complaint at a federal court in Central Islip, New York, alleged that Hershey put out “deceptive and misleading” advertising and marketing campaign since it failed to disclose the amounts of lead and cadmium in its dark chocolates. Lazazzaro claimed in the suit that he would not have purchased or would have spent less on Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Lily’s Extreme Dark Chocolate 85% had Hershey's disclosed their metals content.

Lazazzaro seeks at least $5 million in damages through the potential class action lawsuit, including at least $500 per transaction under the law in New York.

The lawsuit comes a few weeks after Consumer Reports revealed the results of scientific testing of 28 dark chocolate bars for lead and cadmium. According to the study, while all 28 contained the heavy metals, 23 including chocolates from Dove, Godiva, Lindt and Trader Joe's contained potentially harmful levels of lead, cadmium or both for people who consume one ounce of chocolate a day. The magazine said that Hershey's Special Dark bar and Lily's 70% bar were high in lead, and Lily's 85% bar was high in lead and cadmium.




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